Aoife O'Higgins

Aoife is a research assistant and DPhil student at the Rees Centre, co-supervised by DSPI's Frances Gardner. Her research examines the risk and protective factors for educational outcomes of children in care, with a particular focus on how carers help young people.

Aoife holds a MSc in Evidence Based Social Interventions from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Oxford and a MA in Refugee Studies from the University of East London. Aoife worked in social care for seven years, including five as an advocate for refugee and migrant children.

Research

What are the risk & protective factors for educational outcomes for children in care?

  • Study 1: What is the relationship between being in care and educational outcomes of children foster or kinship care? A systematic review. See full report.
  • Study 2: What are the factors associated with educational outcomes of children in foster or kinship care? A systematic review. (link to journal page?)
  • Study 3: What do carers do to support the educational success of children in care?

Informed by the findings from both reviews, study 3 examines the critical role played by carers in supporting the education of children in care. Specifically, the analysis uses a large Canadian dataset to explore whether the involvement of carers over time is associated with gains in attainment.

Supervisors: Professor Judy Sebba, Rees Centre & Professor Frances Gardner, Dept of Social Policy and Intervention

Other research:

  • Aoife was also part of the research team looking at the educational progress of looked after children-linking care and educational data, a project funded by the Nuffield Foundation. As part of this project, she analysed data on migrant children in care.
  • Aoife is completing a systematic review on placement type and educational, physical and mental health outcomes of forced migrant children in care. This I sa joint project with Dr Ellie Ott (link?) and Dr Michael Shea.
  • Aoife works with a team of researchers at The University of Ottawa. Research includes secondary data analysis on risk and protective factors for children in care and a systematic review on the involvement of carers for educational outcomes for children in care.

Teaching:

  • Policy Evaluation and is seminar convenor at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford.
  • Systematic Reviewing for the Social Sciences, Social Sciences Division, Oxford
  • Teaching Children in Care (PGCE module), Department of Education, Oxford
  • Doctoral development training, Social Sciences Division, Oxford.
  • Social work with refugees and asylum seekers, University of West London.

http://beingyoungnow.com/

  • Analysis of care and education pathways of refugee and asylum-seeking children in care in England: Implications for social work

  • The destitution of young refugees in the UK

  • The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England. Technical Report 2: Relating Care to Educational Attainment and Progress

  • What is the Impact of Placement Type on Educational and Health Outcomes of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors? A Systematic Review of the Evidence.

  • Is the Care System to Blame for the Poor Educational Outcomes of Children Looked After? Evidence from a Systematic Review and National Database Analysis

  • Neglect, educational success, and young people in out-of-home care: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses

  • What is the impact of being in care on the educational outcomes of children? An international systematic review

  • Safeguarding Children from Abroad: Refugee, Asylum Seeking and Trafficked Children in the UK

  • The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England: Linking Care and Educational Data

  • Vulnerability and agency: beyond an irreconcilable dichotomy for social service providers working with young refugees in the UK.

  • More
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